While doing some preliminary research into the collateral people that my 3rd great grandfather Joseph Baker was around during his brief lifetime, I ran across another dizzying loop in my peripheral family tree. I should say that I am investigating the collateral people mentioned in my post Crossing Paths in hopes that researching their lives might offer up clues into solving the genealogical brick wall that is my Joseph Baker. So I was minding my own business, collecting information to take with me on a possible trip up to that area of the world later this summer, and boom, my head was sent spinning.
As you can recall in my post about the Chicken Brothers, after my 3rd great grandfather Joseph Baker who was their father died, they were 'adopted' by the Robert Chicken family who knew the Baker family when they crossed paths in Fayette county, Iowa. I put adopted in quotes because I have no proof that they were formally adopted but I do know they took the Chicken last name as their own and lived with the Chicken family until they reached adulthood and married off.
When Robert Chicken adopted the two Baker brothers, he had two daughters of his own. The oldest one, ten years older than 'adopted' son Robert Backer/Chicken, was named Anna and the younger one Virginia. I was reading a death notice on Robert Chicken and it mentioned the married names of both of his daughters. His oldest daughter Anna had married a man by the name of Charles Proctor.
This name sounded very familiar but I couldn't place it so I typed it into my database and sure enough, it popped right up. Charles Proctor had many children but his oldest child was a daughter by the name of Viola Hannah Proctor. She would marry Robert Baker/Chicken. So about the simplest way I can state this is that Robert Baker/Chicken (my 2nd great uncle) would be 'adopted' by the Robert Chicken family and eventually marry Robert Chicken's granddaughter. Robert Baker/Chicken was a husband and an uncle to his wife... at least via adoption.